SELECTION OF TRADITIONAL KOKESHI DOLLS

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Zao kokeshi by Sanshiro Ishiyama

This traditional Zao kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8"). Dated 1965 (Shôwa 40)

 

Zao Style kokeshi, whose style was visibly initiated by Eijiro Okazaki who studied Togatta style at Aone Onsen, and then moved to Zao Onsen.

These kokeshi have a huge head compared to their body, with red lines on the top of the head that start from the forehead and on the sides behind the locks of hair. We call this pattern: tegara

They have a fringe and thick locks on the sides.

The mouth of the kokeshi Zao is red.

She has the lines at the shoulders. The body has patterns like chrysanthemum, cherry blossoms or peonies 

 

Handmade and signed by the artisan Ishiyama Sanshiro (1909-1996)

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsugaru kokeshi by Kojima Toshiyuki

This Tsugaru kokeshi is 24 cm (9,4")

 

Tsugaru style kokeshi may have a round or elongated head. They have a haircut squared. Sometimes they wear a hat or a bun on the top of the head.

Made in one block, the head is not dissociable from their body. The patterns that can be seen on their bodies are peonies, lines, an obi (belt to close the kimono, the way to tie an Obi is an art!), Camellias, or irises.

The body can be either straight or with a wider base.

 

Signed by the artisan Kojima Toshiyuki (1949-2012)

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yajiro kokeshi by Oizumi Kiyomi

This traditional Yajiro kokeshi is 21 cm (8,3").  Funny face !

 

Yajiro kokeshi dolls have the head inserted in the body. They often have a beret with various colors.

They have side fringes and a decoration behind the fringes.

Their body is straight, but some Yajiro dolls have a distinct waist o curvaceous body.

They used to have a wider base which makes her very stable.

Finally, these Yajiro kokeshi have lovely blushed cheeks !

 

Signed by the artisan Oizumi Kiyomi (1936-1980)

25,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Igarashi Igamu

She is 19 cm (7,5")

 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Igarashi Igamu

29,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

[GIANT] Naruko kokeshi Chrysanthemums

GIANT KOKESHI ! She is 50 cm (19,7")

Excellent condition !

 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan

80,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Unkichi Suzuki

She is 20cm(7,9")

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Unkichi Suzuki

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi patina

This large Togatta kokeshi is 31 cm (12") . Patina

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Signed by the artisan.

20,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Nanbu kokeshi bobble head

This beautiful traditional kokeshi in Nanbu style is 19 cm (7,5")

Originality : her bobble head !

 

Nanbu kokeshi tend to be considered as creative kokeshi. Some artisans paint their kokeshi with designs inspired by Naruko and Togatta styles.

They often have a large head with squared hair. You can see the tegara pattern on the top of the head.

No particular decoration on the body, except chrysanthemums or lines.

They often wear a bang and strands of hair on each side, and a little round nose!

 

Handmade and signed by the artisan.

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Nakanosawa kokeshi by Honda Nobuo

This Nakanosawa kokeshi is 23 cm (9")

 

This style of kokeshi could well be considered a style in its own right and not a branch of the Tsuchiyu style; it would become the 12th style of traditional kokeshi!

It the 20s a dancer called Iwamoto Zenkichi (and also a craftsman) created this particular style. He relies for this on a paper mache puppet that he used during his artistic performances.

People began to take an interest in this strange style, and nicknamed it Taka Bozo (Shaved Monkhead Octopus).

His son, Iwamoto Yoshizo, continued to produce this kokeshi style after his father's death in 1994.

These kokeshi have a big flat head, with concentric black circles (like Tsuchiyu kokeshi). They have very big eyes, and their noses are very wide.

Their body are thin with a narrowing at the shoulders. The head is usually nested in the body. The patterns that can be found on their bodies are peonies and cherry blossoms.

We can say that this curious style is relatively comical when we see it for the first time. When we look at these kokeshi,they looks like caricatures! We love them madly or we hate them, but one thing is certain: we do not remain indifferent!

 

Handmade and signed by the artisan Honda Nobuo borned in 1918.

Extremely rare !

49,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Nakanosawa koekshi by Fukuchi Yoshio

This traditional kokeshi in Nakanosawa style is 24 cm (9,5")

 

This style of kokeshi could well be considered a style in its own right and not a branch of the Tsuchiyu style; it would become the 12th style of traditional kokeshi!

It the 20s a dancer called Iwamoto Zenkichi (and also a craftsman) created this particular style. He relies for this on a paper mache puppet that he used during his artistic performances.

People began to take an interest in this strange style, and nicknamed it Taka Bozo (Shaved Monkhead Octopus).

His son, Iwamoto Yoshizo, continued to produce this kokeshi style after his father's death in 1994.

These kokeshi have a big flat head, with concentric black circles (like Tsuchiyu kokeshi). They have very big eyes, and their noses are very wide.

Their body are thin with a narrowing at the shoulders. The head is usually nested in the body. The patterns that can be found on their bodies are peonies and cherry blossoms.

We can say that this curious style is relatively comical when we see it for the first time. When we look at these kokeshi,they looks like caricatures! We love them madly or we hate them, but one thing is certain: we do not remain indifferent!

 

Handmade and signed by the artisan Fukuchi Yoshio borned in 1927.

Extremely rare style.

49,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Huge Sakunami kokeshi by Hiraga Kenjiro

This Sakunami kokeshi is 35 cm (13,7").

They are kokeshi with a minimalist style. They usually have a pretty big head and a thin body. They are made of hard wood. The patterns on their bodies are either chrysanthemums, lines or peonies.

They have the particularity of having a split nose and tear drop shaped nose.

They have a bang and side fringes.

 

Handame and signed by the artisan Hiraga Kenjiro (1918-2012). He belonged to the 6th generation of kokeshi craftsmen; his family is a pioneer in this style of kokeshi.

 

49,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

[Rare] Hijiori kokeshi by Minosuke Sato

Wonder of the Land of the Rising Sun!

 ... This large traditionalHijiori kokeshi doll is 31 cm(12,2")

 Hair patina by time.

The Togatta style has been mixed with the Naruko style to give the particular Hijiori style.

Nowadays, this style is the one that gathers the smallest number of craftsmen!

The kokeshi Hijiori have a rather large head and a decoration of red color on the head (tegara or other) and sometimes black hair.

Their bodies are stable and round, and the wood used is quite heavy.

We can distinguish the demarcation of the shoulders. The patterns that can be seen on their bodies are chrysanthemums, a kimono or maple leaves.

 

Hand made and signed by the famous artisan : master Sato Minosuke (1905-1977)

59,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yajiro kokeshi by Etsuko Kamada

This Yajiro kokeshi doll is 19 cm (7,5")

pastel colors ; unusual beacause kokeshi used to be painted with dark colors.

Yajiro kokeshi dolls have the head inserted in the body. They often have a beret with various colors.

They have side fringes and a decoration behind the fringes.

Their body is straight, but some Yajiro dolls have a distinct waist o curvaceous body.

They used to have a wider base which makes her very stable.

Finally, these Yajiro kokeshi have lovely blushed cheeks !

 

Signed by the artisan Etsuko Kamada

29,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Nanbu traditional kokeshi

Traditional kokeshi about 17 cm (6,7")

 

Nanbu kokeshi tend to be considered as creative kokeshi. Some artisans paint their kokeshi with designs inspired by Naruko and Togatta styles.

They often have a large head with squared hair. You can see the tegara pattern on the top of the head.

No particular decoration on the body, except chrysanthemums or lines.

They often wear a bang and strands of hair on each side, and a little round nose!

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan

25,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta kokeshi by Sugano Shoichi

This Togatta kokeshi doll is 12 cm (4,7")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Sugano Shoichi

20,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta koekshi by Ohara Shokuchi

This Togatta kokeshi doll is 31 cm (12")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Handmade and Signed by the artisan Ohara Shokuchi (1910-1982)

45,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Tadao Akiyama

Traditional kokeshi doll in Naruko style. 18 cm (7") Very good condition and beautiful colors !

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Tadao Akiyama borned in 1942

29,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 1 à 3 jours de délai de livraison

[Rare] Zao-Atsumi kokeshi by Shinya Abe

Rare traditional kokeshi in Zao-Atsumi style.

21 cm (8,3")

Zao Style kokeshi, whose style was visibly initiated by Eijiro Okazaki who studied Togatta style at Aone Onsen, and then moved to Zao Onsen.

These kokeshi have a huge head compared to their body, with red lines on the top of the head that start from the forehead and on the sides behind the locks of hair. We call this pattern: tegara

They have a fringe and thick locks on the sides.

The mouth of the kokeshi Zao is red.

She has the lines at the shoulders. The body has patterns like chrysanthemum, cherry blossoms or peonies 

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Abe Shinya borned in 1937

49,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Large Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Sakuma Yoshimitsu

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Unusual head !

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Sakuma Yoshimitsu

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Large Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Watanabe Tetsuo

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 32 cm (12,6")

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Watanabe Tetsuo borned in 1937

45,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Nichiyama Kenichi

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Her sweet appearence makes you want to adopt her !

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Nichiyama Kenichi (1920-2003)

42,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Saito Hiromichi

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30 cm (11,8")

Her sweet appearence makes you want to adopt her !

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Saito Hiromichi borned in 1930

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Large Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Tadaya Watanabe

This large Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 30,5 cm (12")

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Tadaya Watanabe

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Igarashi Igamu

Traditional kokeshi doll in Naruko style. 31 cm (12") 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the artisan Igarashi Igamu

42,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko kokeshi by Okazaki Seiichi

Traditional kokeshi doll in Naruko style. 31 cm(12") 

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

The mouth is always painted in red.

 

Signed by the master Okazaki Seiichi borned in 1949

Traces of the time ont he top of the head

39,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsugaru kokeshi by Sato Zenji

This Tsugaru kokeshi doll is 25 cm (10")

Tsugaru style kokeshi may have a round or long head. They have kappa haistyle. Sometimes they wear a cap or a bun on the top of the head.

Made in one block, the head is not dissociable from their body. The decorations that can be seen on their bodies are peonies, lathe lines, an obi (belt to close the kimono), Camellias, irises.

The body can be either straight or with a wider base.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Sato Zenji (1925-1985)

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Tsuchiyu kokeshi by Saito Chushichi

This big Tsuchiyu kokeshi is 32 cm (12,6")

Tsuchiyu's body are decorated with lathe lines. They have small head with sometimes a hat. They have on the top of the head a janome pattern with the center left open. Their head is inserted in the body and sometimes can squeak.

Their body are long and straight.

They have a a bang and fringes on the either side of the face.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Saito Chushichi (1917-2010)

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Naruko chrysanthemums kokeski

This Naruko kokeshi is 25 cm (9,8"). Good condition

Naruko style in Miyagi prefecture

When most Japanese people hear the word "Kokeshi", they think of Naruko-Kokeshi.

It is said that the Kokeshi Naruko appeared at the end of the Edo era (1603 ~ 1868)!

Consisting of 2 pieces; one of the characteristics of these Naruko dolls is that the head squeaks when turning!

The shoulders are beveled and decorated with lines all around.

Generally, artisans decorate the body with chrysanthemums or maple leaves, or peonies.

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan

20,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Yajiro kokeshi by Kiyomi Oizumi

Beautiful little Yajiro kokeshi 9,5 cm (3,7") Unusual shape !

She was bought in 1974 (Showa 49) ! beautiful colors !

 

Yajiro kokeshi dolls have the head inserted in the body. They often have a beret with various colors.

They have side fringes and a decoration behind the fringes.

Their body is straight, but some Yajiro dolls have a distinct waist o curvaceous body.

They used to have a wider base which makes her very stable.

Finally, these Yajiro kokeshi have lovely blushed cheeks !

 

Signed by the artisan Oizumi Kiyomi (1936-1980)

25,00 €

20,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Togatta style kokeshi 31 cm

Large Togatta kokeshi about 31 cm (12,2")

 

Togatta style is the kokeshi style most prevalent, produced in miyagi prefecture, Tohoku region of Japan.

During the manufacturing process, the head is assembled on the body.

The pattern on the body of Togatta are often chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, or irises.

Togatta have side fringes, a wide head, and their nose is often a V inverted.

 

Hand made and hand painted

Signed by the artisan

39,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

kokeshi naruko by Okazaki saiji 21 cm

Kokeshi height : 21cm (8,30") and 4,8 cm (1,9") circumference.

Beautifull patina.

Naruko style, Miyagi prefecture.

When most Japanese hear the word "Kokeshi", they think Naruko-Kokeshi.

We said that Naruko Kokeshi sont appeared at the end of the Edo Era (1603 ~ 1868) !

 

Signed by the artisan Okasaki Saiji

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 3 à 5 jours de délai de livraison